Break-up on the Koyukuk River

Friday the 13th was lucky today–the ice broke free on the Koyukuk River.  Break-up on the Koyukuk River Warmer temperatures are helping melt the ice and snow everywhere. High temperatures have been in the 40’s with warmer temperatures forecasted. More snow is melting off the southern slopes of the Brooks…

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Bettles, Alaska

Snow is still prevalent in the far north. Upon arrival in Bettles, Alaska earlier this week, nearly two feet of snow blanketed unplowed areas. However, areas that have been plowed are open. Main Street of Bettles in early May A fresh dusting of snow occurred last night and snow flurries…

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Enjoying spring

A quick road trip to Indiana and Minnesota allowed my husband and I to enjoy a bit of spring before heading to Alaska. Even though the first morning was snowy through the Swan Valley in Montana, the snow faded away the farther south we went. Needles of granite in Custer…

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Caribou always on the move

Hundreds of thousands of caribou stampeding across the tundra of northern Alaska tends to be the iconic photo of caribou. Barren-ground caribou, such as those in Alaska, are known for their seasonal migrations between the northern tundra and the inland boreal forests. However, not all caribou inhabit the tundra or…

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Signs of Spring

Several signs of spring preceded the spring equinox yesterday–robins, bluebirds, ladybugs and caterpillars. Robins have been singing their melody at dawn for over a week and a pair of bluebirds inspected the bluebird houses yesterday. Male Western Bluebird Ladybugs and woolly caterpillars are emerging from a long winter tucked away…

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Fire Lookouts of Boundary County, Idaho

Standing on a high peak during a lightening storm is not recommended but not long ago, men and women endured the storms in small towers on those peaks by sitting on chairs with glass insulators on the chair legs. A risky yet crucial job when the only means of detecting…

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